7-Round Mock Draft: Denver Broncos Add Talent Around Russell Wilson

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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Cameron Thomas, 2022 NFL Mock Draft
2022 NFL Mock Draft prospect Cameron Thomas #99 of the San Diego State Aztecs (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images) /

Round 2: Pick 64

Cameron Thomas, DL, San Diego State

Cameron Thomas is a polarizing pass rushing prospect. While he can be stiff at times, Thomas is actually a phenomenal athlete. He showed this during the workout portion of the San Diego State Pro-Day. The astounding 6.87 seconds that he clocked in the three-cone is mythical for a human of his size. The Denver Broncos approached their offseason in such a way that they don’t HAVE to pick any certain position. It just so happens that Thomas solidifies an edge rusher group for Denver, a team that struggled to consistently get to the quarterback in 2022.

Round 3: Pick 75

Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State

Brandon Smith is the best available and a player that brings a flare to the linebacker position that the roster does not currently possess outside of 2021 draft pick Baron Browning. Smith is a freaky athlete, and is going to be used in a number of different ways at the next level. He can stay with pass catchers down field, but Smith’s highest upside trait is his untapped potential as a pass rusher. He will spend most of his time as a standard linebacker, but expect Evero to cook up some fun play designs for the former Nittany Lion.

Round 3: Pick 96

Damarri Mathis, DB, Pittsburgh

Damarri Mathis is pigeonholed into the slot position when you talk to most evaluators, but I see the potential to play on the outside and even at safety if he wanted to. He has more-than-adequate size, and 4.3 speed as a cherry on top. Furthermore, Mathis moves well in short yardage areas and plays with a reckless abandon that is visually appealing to watch. The team looks like it has starters locked in for the secondary, but don’t be surprised if Mathis shakes things up if he lands in Denver and is given an opportunity to challenge for starting reps.